The Sydney Royal Easter Show 2011

The Sydney Royal Easter Show is an iconic event where the country comes to the city over 2 weeks around Easter. The event is held at the Sydney Showground at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush Bay.

Since 1823 the Sydney Royal Easter Show has been run by the Royal Agricultural Society of New South Wales, showcasing the best of agriculture alongside culture and heritage and includes homecrafts & produce competitions, cattle judging, demonstrations, music, extreme action performances, gourmet food and wine tasting and fairground rides.

As a Sydneysider, I have been going to the Easter Show ever since I was a child and in my family the Easter Show was an annual highlight, although expensive proposition for my parents with 4 kids in tow! Dad, a major fan of the Easter Show with a huge sweet tooth, encouraged us to save our pocket money for the showbags and he would match showbag purchases 1 for 1! We would walk out with about 10 bags each (the showbag pavillion was always the last stop of the day).

The show attracts crowds of all ages and if the weather is good which it was for us last week, the show can attract over 100,000 people per day. So far this year the weather has been superb but at least on a bad weather day you might not have to fight the crowds!

The highlights for me are still the farm animals, showbags, cake decorating and the creative 3D district installations of the finest produce including vegies, fruit, wool and grain! But my all time favourite which I have to see on each visit to the show, is the wood chopping! Woodchopping is the first sport that originated out of Australia. Did you know that Australia and New Zealand axemen are the best in the world at chopping hardwood?

Best way to get to the Easter Show is by public transport, bus or train and it is included for free in your show ticket. Enjoy!

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